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Dangerous road markings

Reported via mobile in the Road markings category anonymously at 12:26, Saturday 24 July 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

The road markings have changed the layout approaching the roundabout there are 3 lanes left now left only, middle straight on, right goes right or straight on this is ok however as you enter the roundabout the right hand lane has now been hashed out which forces everyone over one lane for a few meters this causes a lot of confusion as not everyone in the left lane is actually going left. It is an accident waiting to happen, if one hasn’t happened already. There was no need to change the road layout/ markings.

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  • The change in road markings and layout are very dangerous and totally unnecessary. There is only one sign which is just as you come up to the junction, and people aren’t seeing it. There is no signage to say that there has been a change in the road layout leading up to it either. It has become a dangerous situation and I am surprised that there hasn’t been either a nasty road rage incident or a very serious accident. This problem needs to be sorted ASAP. Also, the settings for the traffic lights have been changed, causing a huge backup of traffic too.

    Posted anonymously at 13:33, Saturday 24 July 2021

  • Why on earth were the lanes changed, it was fine as it was. It’s an accident waiting to happen😡

    Posted anonymously at 19:07, Saturday 24 July 2021

  • Thank you for contacting Highways England regarding Spittals roundabout.

    The changes we’re making at the junction are a result of a design to make sure the correct destination signs are in place for the A1307 and A141. In order to manage the traffic, rather than closing the junction completely, we’ve done the work in phases around the roundabout. The road marking layout on the eastbound approach to Spittals is the last phase which is due to be finished early this week. Also, once all our changes are complete, a road safety audit will be done to highlight if there are any safety concerns which need addressing.

    Lane 1 is now a dedicated left hand filter lane, solely intended for drivers wishing to exit Spittals roundabout and head northbound along the A1307 towards the A1M. Lanes 2 and 3 are for drivers continuing to travel on the A141 eastbound, or exiting Spittals roundabout to head southbound along the A1307.

    As with any changes to the road layout on our SRN, we have installed temporary signs on the approach to Spittals roundabout, advising that the road layout has changed. As a temporary solution, we’ve also masked off the incorrect information on the approaching signs while replacement signs are being obtained. This ensures that the information on the signs matches the road markings on the approach to the roundabout, which should make it clear for approaching drivers which lane to take for their journey.

    We apologise if these temporary measures have caused some confusion and not been very clear. We’re finishing the work by installing lane markings on the roundabout early this week and the straight ahead arrow in the inside lane will be hydro-blasted.

    Thank you again for contacting us

    Kind Regards Highways England

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 11:50, Wednesday 28 July 2021

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